Chef Claudy Pierre Looking To Bridge The Gap For After-School Meals

E.A.T. Initiative will offer dinners to families with school-aged kids at Arnold’s Tea on the North Side
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PHOTO BY LAURA PETRILLA

Starting today, Arnold’s Tea on the North Side will serve as a pick-up location for what owner Claudy Pierre is calling a third meal — one that’s meant to provide school-aged Pittsburghers a hot meal to fill in the gap following meals offered through their school lunch programs. “When you don’t have enough to eat, it’s adding stress to what already is a stressful situation,” he says.

Pierre says that as long as he has enough inventory, he’ll provide free hot dinners, one per person, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The meals will be packed in to-go containers for easy distribution. Pierre also is compiling a list of other food-related resources — he’ll offer those as they become available — and he plans on producing a few quick-tip videos about how to prepare simple meals at home. “A lot of people are without resources or don’t have the knowledge to put a meal together. I want to help them with that,” he says.

Arnold’s will be open for business with its regular menu available for to-go orders. Additionally, Pierre says Arnold’s is accepting donations of non-perishable food and household items, as well as cash donations, to better prepare him to continue helping the community. “I want people to understand that this means they don’t have to go without a meal,” he says.

As with everything happening at the moment, this is subject to change. We suggest you check with Arnold’s via phone or social media prior to visiting.

502 E Ohio St., North Side; 412/322-2494, arnoldsteapittsburgh.com

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